On Tuesday, the Taliban announced new interim government and caretaker cabinet ministers of Afghanistan. According to the announcement, Mullah Akhund will lead the new government with Mullah Baradar as his deputy. Since the information, countries around the world are giving their reaction. Some are sceptical, some are in the middle, and some are in support.
While the USA expressed their concerns over the new Afghanistan government, China welcomed the decision. However, Qatar voiced its support to the Taliban but hasn’t recognized the new government. Meanwhile, Turkey is monitoring the developments in Afghanistan. Moreover, European Union has stated that the Taliban failed to honour their promises after announcing the interim government. Additionally, United Nations said they’re committed to possible peace solutions and don’t engage with governments’ recognition. Also, the UN women’s agency expressed disappointment over new governments all men members.
New Afghanistan Government: Highlights
- While the USA expressed their concerns over the new Afghanistan government, China welcomed the decision.
- However, Qatar voiced its support to the Taliban but hasn’t recognized the new government.
- Meanwhile, Turkey is monitoring the developments in Afghanistan.
- Moreover, European Union has stated that the Taliban failed to honour their promises after announcing the interim government.
Countries reaction to Taliban’s new Afghanistan Government
US’s spokesperson for the Department of State said, “We note the announced list of names consists exclusively of individuals who are members of the Taliban or their close associates and no women. We also are concerned by the affiliations and track records of some of the individuals.”
The spokesperson further added, “We understand that the Taliban has presented this as a caretaker cabinet. However, we will judge the Taliban by its actions, not words.”
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, “China attaches great importance to the announcement by the Taliban of the establishment of an interim government and some important personnel arrangements.”
He added, “This has ended more than three weeks of anarchy in Afghanistan and is a necessary step to restore order and rebuild the country.”
The Turkish president said, “We don’t know how long this interim cabinet will last. All we have to do is to follow this process carefully.”
Qatar’s Assistant Foreign Minister Lolwah al-Khater said, “They have shown a great deal of pragmatism. Let’s seize the opportunities there… and look at their public actions.”
She also added, “They are the de facto rulers, no question about that.”
EU spokesperson said, “Upon initial analysis of the names announced, it does not look like the inclusive and representative formation in terms of the rich ethnic and religious diversity of Afghanistan we hoped to see and that the Taliban were promising over the past weeks.”
UN’s spokesperson said, “That is a matter that’s done by member states, not by us. From our standpoint, regarding today’s announcement, only a negotiated and inclusive settlement will bring sustainable peace to Afghanistan.”
The spokesperson also added that the UN is committed “to contribute to a peaceful solution, promote the human rights of all Afghans, notably women and girls.”
Head of the UN women’s agency said women’s political participation is “a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality and genuine democracy.”
She also said, “by excluding women from the machinery of government the Taliban leadership has sent the wrong signal about their stated goal of building an inclusive, strong and prosperous society.”